Is a New ‘Crash Bandicoot’ in Development at Sony?

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Crash Bandicoot being rebooted by Sony

After much hype and furor, not to mention the occasional controversy, it’s finally time to begin getting used calling the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One current generation consoles instead of next-gen. But, the fight for dominance is far from over as both Sony and Microsoft line up exclusives to convince gamers to invest in their own console.

Fighting in Sony’s corner, as it has done for nearly two decades, game developer Naughty Dog announced last week that a fourth game in the popular explore-a-thon adventure game franchise Uncharted is in development for the PS4. Given how hugely successful Naughty Dog has become in recent years, especially with in the wake of hard-hitting post-apocalyptic drama The Last of Us, it’s worth taking a look back at the studio’s humble roots – especially since they just might become very relevant again in the near future.

Before Nathan Drake arrived on the scene, Naughty Dog was unquestionably best known for the Crash Bandicoot games, the first of which was released in 1996 and was followed up by three more Crash Bandicoot games from Naughty Dog that were all released exclusively on the PlayStation. After that, the franchise changed hands between various developers and publishers and eventually wound up with Activision.

Despite the fact that there’s still a lot of love among gamers for the zany and colorful franchise, there hasn’t been a new title in the series since the 2010 mobile release, Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2, and there hasn’t been a console-based Crash Bandicoot game for over five years. There is now a small glimmer of hope that Crash might return to glory, however, as a Reddit user today noted that the official Crash Bandicoot site, which was run by Activision, has been taken down.

Crash Bandicoot characters

The user also documented a number of other small occurrences and quotes from Sony or Activision representatives that seem to hint at a reacquisition of Crash Bandicoot by Sony. Taken on their own they don’t seem to mean much but together they do start to add up, with the most compelling pieces of evidence being the cancellation of several Crash Bandicoot titles by Activision in 2010, the fact that Crash Bandicoot has been removed from the list of Activision-owned franchises on Wikipedia, and a source with ties to Naughty Dog saying that a new Crash Bandicoot game is “definitely in production.”

Then there’s Crash Bandicoot co-creator Andy Gavin’s enticing description of what a reboot might be like, from an interview with the official PlayStation Magazine in May 2013:

 “Crash needs a total reboot. There’s an opportunity to reset the history, and go back to his creation story and the original conflict with Cortex. In that context, you could reprise classic Crash 1 and 2’s settings and villains. It would make sense to use a more modern, free-roaming style. I would concentrate on Looney Tunes-esque animation and really addictive action. That’s what we did with the original Crash, and there’s no reason it couldn’t be done today. Given [Activision’s] Crash games, people forget that he was once cool. [Naughty Dog’s] Crash had a certain whimsical edge to him. Sure, it was goofy — but it wasn’t dumb.”

A free-roaming Crash Bandicoot game that harks back to the spirit of the originals and even brings back their villains, all with PS4 graphics and developed by Naughty Dog? Please, don’t tease us.

It could just be wishful thinking on the part of Crash Bandicoot fans or it could be the start of a franchise reboot by the original creators. If Sony has acquired Crash Bandicoot again, however, bear in mind that it could be a while before a new game comes out, as Naughty Dog is currently occupied with the development of Uncharted. In the meantime, the classic Crash Bandicoot is currently available for download from the PlayStation Store.


Source: Reddit 

TAGS: Activision, Crash Bandicoot, Naughty Dog, PS4, Sony

  • Alter

    the game needs to be funny… hell we need a new >>conker<< game

  • jwalka

    if activision publishes, then it will no doubt be garbage, just like every game they publish that doesn’t make them a super crazy amount of cash *cough*COD and skylanders*couch*

    i wish developers would go back and remake their classics… i’m dying for at least a HD version of voalitions punisher game… that is by far one of the best comic hero games ever (yes even better than the repetitive and boring wolverine tie in game).

    • Valithin

      One of the Spiderman games for the original playstation was pretty awesome, i cant remember the name, but the last boss is like dr. octopus fused with carnage.

      • Cameronsettokill

        Enter Electro?

        That’s the only one I played.

      • jason712

        Was just called Spider-Man I believe, Enter Electro was the sequel. To this day I still regard them as the best Spiderman games to date.

        • Zango

          It was indeed just called “Spider-Man”, Spider man 1 and 2 were both awesome games.

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  • Crash Enthusiast

    I think they should keep the same design from warped and earlier games, one level hub where you progress through the levels as you see fit. Keep it as close to the original while updating it to a more modern look. I would hate to see a crash Tag-Team remake.

  • Razhe

    I hope they do it like Twinsanity because IMO it was the last good game Crash had.

    • Dr.Zoom

      Hear hear.

  • Andrew

    If they do bring back crash, they need to idolize him like Nintendo idolized Mario. Not only does an amazing Cash game need to come out for PS4, but amazing side games like Crash Bash and Crash Team Racing also need to come out beside it. They need to suffocate people with Crash.

    Side note: Where do you think the Crash mascot costume is now?

  • COREY_1993

    and before everyone assumes naughty dog will make another crash game… they will not. ND are well past those types of games. sony will give the game to studio japan and have cerny work on it.

    if they really are planning on making another game it could just be something as simple as a ps4 port to a remake to a reboot. no one knows what is happening.

  • djnforce9

    Would love to see another Crash game even in the original style from the PSX era. If Knack can do it and result in a fun and challenging game, then why not Crash Bandicoot? I find it odd that nothing in the main series was ever released since the PS2 and yet the Xbox 360 and PSP had titles released for them.

  • hogsy

    Sony doesn’t even own the rights to Crash Bandicoot, so fat chance of there being a PlayStation 4 reboot.

  • Mickmph

    After Twin-sanity the franchise began to lose its way. It would be great to see the game return to its roots with a modern twist.

  • TarynItUp

    I would buy a PS4 just for this game as long as there are no titans in it.

    • Tyler Baker

      i like the titans. my fave was the hero slug.

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  • jokerman

    I grew up on crash. If they brought it back it had better be good. Not like that garbage Activision came out with.

  • CrashBandicoot

    I’d love to see another Crash Bandicoot game! Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, and 3 were amazing games. The last really “good” one for me was CB The Wrath of Cortex on PS2. The Game Boy Advance titles weren’t bad nor outstanding in my opinion.

    Please bring back Crash Bandicoot! I played the hell out of those games and I still replay them over and over nearly 20 years later.

  • Nathan

    omg.. PLEASE BRING OUT THE NEXT CRASH BANDICOOT!!! I’m begging you.. It would bring back so many awesome memories of my childhood.. I’ve spent so many hours of my life playing all the crash bandicoots. They are by far my favorite series of games.. PLEASE BRING CRASH 5 OUT!!! PLEASEEEE!!!!